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first_imgJochan Flasberth of the German environment ministry said he was ‘taken aback’ by the UK’s decision The UK’s plan for decommissioned oil rigs was advised by industry giant Shell (Credit: Elia) Several EU member states including Germany have voiced public concern over the UK government’s plan to leave a number of decommissioned oil rigs in the North Sea.Removing the ageing facilities, some of which are taller than the Eiffel Tower, could take years and cost British taxpayers up to £24bn.A plan by oil and gas giant Shell to leave one steel jacket and the concrete bases beneath the Bravo, Charlie and Delta platforms in the hydrocarbon basin is expected to receive support from the UK government.Expressing apprehension over the estimated 11,000 tonnes of oil and toxins remaining in these three platforms, Germany issued a formal complaint, which has received the backing of Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.Jochan Flasbarth, of the German environment ministry, said: “I’m genuinely taken aback by this — we usually collaborate very closely with the United Kingdom on environmental issues.“Both countries are gravely concerned about the state of our oceans, and then you just leave thousands of tonnes of contaminated water in the North Sea — I don’t get it — that isn’t consistent with an environmental policy that has advanced Britain’s reputation.”A Shell spokesperson said: “Our recommendations are the result of ten years of research, involving more than 300 scientific and technical studies.“We established an independent group of scientific experts to review the findings and ensure all feasible decommissioning options were investigated thoroughly.“We submitted our recommendations following extensive stakeholder engagement and only when we were confident that they were safe, technically achievable, and environmentally and socially sound.” UK aiming for a net zero North SeaDespite the country’s plans to leave potentially environmentally-damaging oil rig infrastructure in the North Sea, the UK’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) yesterday announced plans to create a Net Zero Solution Centre.Part of the Aberdeen-based organisation’s overarching plan to create the world’s first net zero oil and gas basin, the project has received backing from the UK government and various blue ribbon energy firms including BP, Shell, Equinor and Total.It will serve to create an integrated offshore energy system designed to expedite the development of emissions reduction technology such as carbon capture and storage by bringing to bear the expertise of both academia and the private sector.Colette Cohen, CEO of the OGTC, said: “The UK offshore oil and gas industry is a dynamic system of infrastructure, supply chains, expert workforce, research activity and technology development and deployment.“This diverse industrial ecosystem must play a fundamental role in the creation of a net zero carbon economy.“With the backing of industry and government, and strong track of delivery, the OGTC is committed to moving the dial on carbon reduction and enabling the UK Continental Shelf to become the first net zero hydrocarbon basin in the world.“Our focus will be on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and repurposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.“We’re delighted to be working with a strong group of companies and look forward to adding new strategic partners to the Net Zero Solution Centre over the coming months.”last_img read more


first_imgSaint Mary’s Registrar Todd Norris said that in the spring 2013 semester, 152 Saint Mary’s students registered for classes at Notre Dame. Sophomore Audrey Kiefer, who is taking an Italian course at Notre Dame this semester, said she enjoyed the opportunity and hopes to continue taking Notre Dame courses. “It’s an awesome opportunity, and to me really the only difference is the guys being there in class,” Kiefer said.  “I am excited to take more Notre Dame courses in the future, and I would encourage any Saint Mary’s girl to try it out.” Norris said Saint Mary’s seniors are allowed to register for two Notre Dame course per semester and other students are allowed one per semester.   Senior Academic Advisor for Saint Mary’s, April Lane said most students who take advantage of this opportunity want to take classes that are not offered at the College or to experience taking a class with new students and professors. Norris said Belles took the Notre Dame classes “Irish Ghost Stories,” “Wind Ensembles,” “Maritime Affairs,” “Abnormal Psychology” and “National Security Affairs,” among other classes during the spring 2013 semester. Norris also said certain groups of students have a greater tendency to take Notre Dame courses than the average Saint Mary’s student. “There are a few groups who consistently take Notre Dame courses, like ROTC, Music majors, and Engineering students,” Norris said. Kiefer said she was worried at first that she might have to confront preconceived ideas about Saint Mary’s students. “I thought it would be intimidating, and that I would have to overcome stereotypes of being a ‘Smick Chick’ at first,” Kiefer said.  “But after about one month of classes, I think everyone forgot I was even from Saint Mary’s.” Sophomore Battol Alsawalha, a student in the dual engineering degree program, said she has not faced any negative stereotypes in her engineering courses.  “When working with my group members throughout the year on different projects, they never treated me differently or belittled my work just because I was a Saint Mary’s student,” Alsawalha said. “Actually, many ND students are interested as to how the dual program functions and ask me about it when they find out I am from SMC.” Senior Leslie Wilson, who enrolled in an Irish Folklore course this semester, said she had not taken a course at Notre Dame before registering for this course. She said she chose the class because she had studied abroad in Ireland. “I found that the course was very interesting and I wanted to take it because I had studied abroad in Ireland my sophomore year,” Wilson said.  “The subject interested me because it focused on an Irish subject, and there aren’t any Saint Mary’s courses like that.” Other students choose to take courses that count toward graduation requirements, since many Notre Dame courses do not fulfill Saint Mary’s major requirements. Sophomore Nicole O’Toole said she registered for a political science course titled “American Marriage” to further her interest in political issues. “I love being in the mix with Notre Dame students,” O’Toole said. “At Saint Mary’s, most of my classes are filled with girls who are very similar to me. It is fun to be in a different setting with people of different backgrounds, races, religions, and, of course, genders. I think it really challenges me.”  Sophomore Grace Harvey, who enrolled in a Catholic Moral Theology course, said her Notre Dame course is less conducive to socializing than her Saint Mary’s courses. “My lecture is double the size my classes at Saint Mary’s, so many of the students do not interact with each another unless they were already friends coming into the class,” Harvey said. “I feel like at Saint Mary’s, we linger behind once class ends to talk to friends, but at Notre Dame, students attend class and leave quickly, like class is strictly business.” Alsawalha said the size of her classes doesn’t make a difference in terms of access to her professors. “Professors always provide office hours for all of their students to come and see them,” Alsawalha said.  “Obviously, the way classes are conducted is very different between the two schools, but both provide an equally incredible teaching environment.” Harvey and O’Toole said their Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s courses are equally challenging.  Harvey said the difficulty levels of her courses vary with each professor’s different teaching styles. “It’s hard to compare course work because it all really depends on the professor,” Harvey said.  “My Notre Dame course is challenging for different reasons, like the take-home tests and the longer readings are both things I don’t have in my Saint Mary’s business courses.” O’Toole said because her Notre Dame course is mostly discussion-based, the content of the course is both challenging and rewarding. “It is interesting that my professor at Notre Dame completely leads the discussions and calls on each student by name,” O’Toole said.  “It definitely makes you want to be prepared for class, whereas at Saint Mary’s we usually respond to each other freely.”last_img read more


first_imgA new project in Hesketh Out Marsh near Preston, UK, helps protect property and nearby infrastructure from flooding while creating an internationally important estuary for wildlife, CH2M said in their latest release. The Hesketh Out Marsh East Managed Realignment Scheme, which opened late August 2017, reinstates 160-hectares of land to saltmarsh, and by doing so, provides important climate change adaptation to counter flood risk from sea level rise.Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life, protecting against coastal erosion and water quality problems, and which reduce flooding while acting as nurseries and refuges for many species.“The primary goal of the realignment project was to protect existing property and nearby infrastructure against flooding, in addition to recreating salt marsh habitats,” said Greg McIntyre, president of CH2M’s State and Local Governments sector.“We are pleased to have helped the Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to improve coastal defenses and restore this marsh, providing space for natural habitats to flourish.”CH2M provided modelling and detailed engineering design to create appropriate habitats for wildlife. The team used numerical modeling to predict the design’s behavior over time, evaluating the impacts and enabling the area to flood and drain correctly.According to CH2M, the scheme, one of the largest of recent UK managed realignment projects, helps naturalize this internationally important estuary, while protecting more than 140 properties, farmland and infrastructure against flooding.[mappress mapid=”24590″]last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet NewsRegional Court invalidates Nevis constituency election by: – March 23, 2012 CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — On Wednesday, Nevis high court judge, Justice Lionel Jones, handed down his decision in an election petition, in which he ruled that the election for the St John’s constituency on 11 July 2011 is invalid and void. Premier of Nevis, Joseph ParryThe election of Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) candidate Hensley Daniel to represent the St John’s Electoral District in the Nevis Island Assembly was challenged by the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) member Mark Brantley on various grounds and, in the words of the judge “…the main complaint being the illegal removal of the names of over 200 voters from the list…”In his decision delivered and handed down on Wednesday, Justice Jones made four orders, as follows: 1. The court refused to grant an order that the names removed from the electoral list for St John’s as a result of objection hearings be put back on the list. Those names remain off the list of voters for Electoral District No. 2 (St John’s). 2. The court refused to grant an order that the Electoral Commission acted in contravention of the constitution of St Christopher and Nevis by failing to take steps to ensure that the persons removed from the list were able to vote in the elections of 11 July, 2012. Those persons did not vote and the court found that the Electoral Commission did nothing wrong.3. That the petitioner’s right to freedom of expression was breached because the Nevis News Cast (NNC) did not cover any of the political events of the CCM.4. That the election for the St John’s constituency held on 11 July 2011 is invalid and void. Following the handing down by Justice Jones of his decision, Daniel and the other respondents in the case filed an appeal against the ruling in so far as it declared the election in St John’s void and that the petitioner’s right to freedom of expression was breached because the Nevis News Cast (NNC) did not cover any of the political events of the CCM.According to Nevis Premier Joseph Parry, an application will also be filed for a stay of execution of the judgment.“We are very confident that the Appeal Court will overturn the order of Mr Justice Jones in which he declared the election of Mr Daniel to be null and void. Mr Daniel remains the Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration and remains fully in charge of his Ministry,” Parry said.“I urge all Nevisians, both supporters of the NRP and supporters of the CCM to continue going about our lives peacefully and in a manner that will provide an example to the rest of the Caribbean and the world. We are a law abiding people and we must continue to demonstrate this. We expect that the Court of Appeal will deal with this matter expeditiously and we should all await the outcome of the appeals,” he concluded.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more


first_imgDesiree Sue McCartney, 2, Osgood, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born May 17, 2014 in Columbus, Indiana, she was the daughter of Gary E. McCartney II and Christina L. (Barker) McCartney.  Desiree was a happy, loving child.  She enjoyed dancing and singing at church and especially loved the movie “Frozen” and the character Elsa from the movie. She is survived by her parents, Gary McCartney II, Columbus, Christina McCartney, Osgood; grandfather, Gary E. McCartney, Greensburg; grandmother, Anita Barker, Dupont; one brother, Nickalas; two sisters, Abigail and Rebecca; several Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews. and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Karen Sue McCartney and Ricky Barker. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Stephen Culp officiating. Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more